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 Posted: Fri Feb 1st, 2019 05:39 pm
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Superstar wrote: WongLee wrote: khawk wrote: I have five Gretzky rookies and a rookie Lemieux, all purchased via the pack method. That's interesting. I know sports cards aren't nearly as hot or valuable as they were in the late 80's and early 90's, but how much dough do you think you're sitting on if you decided to sell?
Going to assume Khawk has the Canadian Gretzky rookies since he lives there - if so, if they are crease free they probably go for a grand each, even if they are banged up.  If any of them are near mint, watch out...serious cash.  Also, there are some dealers/collectors that can tell which print run those are from based on colors and other factors such as seeing proof sheets.  Never seen it for any other card besides 52 Topps Mantle, but if you have an actual first print run Gretzky, it’s rare as hell.  Like, even poor condition ones command a premium.  Also - to answer KGB’s question, YES, the second year Gretzky from America had that stupid scratch off hockey puck.  I had a couple of mint Unscratched ones of those once and it was a very tough card to have in mint between the centering problems and the puck that always had a scuff.  In many ways, it’s rarer to find in mint than the American Gretzky rookie.  

So, are the Canadian Gretzky's worth more than the American?  One would think that the number of Canadian hockey cards produced/sold in 1979 would be in the same ballpark as the American cards.
We'd spent Easter weekend in Toronto in 1979 and my dad let me buy two packs of cards.  I already had a sizeable collection of the '78-'79 cards Stateside.  The cards were mostly the same except for a slight difference in the hue on the back and, of course, the font was much smaller since it was bilingual.